Nashville native Jack May speaks about the heroism and legacy of his uncle Mortimer May, a prominent business owner in Nashville who traveled to Europe in the 1930s to help Jews escape rising Nazi tyranny and anti-Semitism. This Lunch & Learn will also provide a special opportunity to view a Tennessee State Museum artifact connected with Jewish survivors’ immigration to Nashville: a crate belonging to the Srul Kapusta family, shipped from Czechoslovakia to the National Council of Jewish Women in Nashville after World War II. The Nashville chapter of the Council was one of many organizations across the country charged with resettling Holocaust refugees. Museum curator Candace J. Adelson, Ph.D., will be on hand to discuss the crate, which will be on display at the Museum from March 9 to 18.
The State Museum’s Lunch & Learn series is a chance for participants to eat lunch while learning about Tennessee history. Presentations begin at 12:15 p.m. and last about 30 minutes. All programs are FREE to the public and take place on Level B of the State Museum in front of the stage. For those unable to attend the Lunch and Learn, the event will be Livestreamed on the Tennessee State Museum’s Facebook Page.